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    SUDDENLY IT HAPPENED

    Posted by Jason Fry on Oct. 8, 2019

    I met with an experienced Major Gift Officer recently who shared a story about a donor he’d been close to for many years. That donor had made a transformational gift to the organization he represented within his first 3 months on the job. The CEO, management team and the board were awestruck that this new guy magically pulled in one of the biggest gifts they’d ever received. The prevailing thought was, “Wow – this is what fundraising should be! Just find the rich people and ask them for money.”

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, Nonprofit Management, Art Of The Ask

    UNDERPROMISE AND OVERSERVE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Sep. 27, 2019

    Summer is in the rearview mirror and that can only mean one thing: budgeting time is here.

    Might we suggest you take a moment to move those antacids back to your desk?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, budget

    STEP UP YOUR GAME

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Oct. 2, 2018

    It was day two of the Global Leadership Summit and the first speaker of the day was Rasmus Ankersen, a young soccer team owner from the Netherlands. Our expectations weren’t high. What could he have to teach us about leadership or how to help our clients succeed?

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    Topics: Leadership, Rasmus Ankersen, Nonprofit Management

    SMALL BUT MIGHTY

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 17, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Going small to go big.  

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Development, Nonprofit Management

    PASSING THE BATON

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Nov. 9, 2016

    During an election season we are constantly reminded of leadership transitions. Many of our clients are preparing for their own leadership transitions. Long-serving CEOs and CDOs are now retiring and welcoming the next wave of leadership to move their organizations boldly forward.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Leadership Transition

    REINVIGORATING VOLUNTEER TEAMS

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on May. 31, 2016

    In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Jan Brogdon reflects on our axiom: Boards Don’t Heal Themselves.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Recruitment

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jun. 3, 2015

    Many nonprofit leaders want to begin an endowment development program, but are unsure of where to start. They don’t know who might be a good prospect in their community or among their past donors. How can you tell if someone has the resources and the desire to leave a legacy gift to your organization?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, Endowment, Planned Giving, Search Letter

    FOUNDATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Mar. 9, 2015

    When you think about cultivating donors, getting to know them better and engaging them more deeply in your organization, do you include the leaders of the foundations that support you each year?

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    Topics: Stewardship, Nonprofit Management, Foundations, Mission Alignment

    RESOLUTIONS: WHAT TO STOP

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jan. 28, 2014

    An article from the December 30, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests an unconventional approach to New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Instead of providing a list of things to add; it recommends things to stop doing. The list was compiled with input from experts in the nonprofit field and provides some thought provoking ideas for consideration.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Resolutions, Endowment, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers

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